Outlook v^p^^ *Aa(,.oo/ Holiday Volunteer Opportunity Guide Page 6 THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Volume iS • Number io • November 12, 2002 Clarice Smith Center Chosen for Culture Study The Clarice Smith Per- forming Arts Center at Maryland is one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area organizations participating in a project that will help per- forming arts organizations across the country significantly improve their management capacity, increase their respon- siveness to their communities, and strengthen local and nation- al advocacy efforts on behalf of American arts and culture. The project brings together five major national service organizations in the performing arts in a partnership called the Performing Arts Research Coali- tion CPARC)— the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, DanceAJSA, OPERA America, and Theatre Communications Group. Sup- ported by a three-year, $2.7 mil- lion grant to OPERA America, Inc. fit)mThe Pew Charitable Trusts, the project is part of the trusts' national cultural strategy, Optimizing America's Cultural Resources, which seeks to strengthen financial and policy support for America's cultural resources. "In just two years the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has become a force on the national arts stage, which fur- ther enhances the already strong visibility of the Universi- See CULTURE, page 7 Bringing Healing, Hope to tiie Stage CHOtO BV CVNTHt* MITCH6L Molses Kaufman meets with University Honors students in Anne Arundel HbII while on the campus for two days just before the opening of his plaVi "The Laramie Project,' at the Ctsrice Smith Performing Arts Canter. Shows for all three weeks are sold out. If one word cotild describe Moiscs Kauf- man's guiding principle it might be com- munity. Though he tackles topics some would find difficult, he does so collabo- ratively and in an attempt to get people to look at their connections to each other. Kaufman and his Tectonic Tlieater Project produced "Gross hidecenciesiThe Three Trials of Oscar ^ildc," which explored the author's affect on N^ctorian ideologies and idiosyncta- cies through his writing. Kaufman's latest work, "The Laramie Project," looked at the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 -year- old gay man in Wyoming, through the hearts and minds of the citizens of Laramie. Theater Project members conducted more than 400 hours of interviews, during a nearfy two-year- period, from which they crafted the play. For his next piece, which will look at European history since 1 940, Kaufman will worit vfith , , Douglas Wright, who produced the screen- play for "QuUls." He smiles and shakes his head at the idea . that he spends hours sequestered slw2cy pounding out scripts. Each Tectonic piece produced is part of a group process. "We try See LARAMIE PROJECT, page 7 Honor Pledge Designed to Allow Flexibility for Faculty The Student Honor Pledge, implemented by the Uni- versity Senate and Presi- dent I>an Mote last spring, aims to foster a commimity dedicated to academic integrity, said Andrew Canter, chair of the University Honor Coimcil and Student Regent for the University System of Maryland. Canter said one of the goals of the council is to coordinate pro- motion of the pledge and the importance of academic integrity through general outreach between the university community and the honor council. Faculty members are ui^ed to require students to write by hand and sign the pledge on all assign- ments worth 20 percent or more of the course grade, but it may also be required for lesser assign- ments. The exact wording of the Honor Pledge is; "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assis- tance on this assignment/exami- nation." Gary Pavela, director of judicial programs and student ethical development, said there is no uni- versal or uniform implementation of the pledge for faculty to follow. The pledge is "designed to allow flexibility for different classes." Teachers are encouraged to use See HONOR PLEDGE, page 4 All Terp News, All the Time Residential Facilities and Nonprint Media Services recently joined forces to offer smdents in residence halls Terp TV, a 24-hour a day news and information channel. It is broadcast on chatmel 76, one of three blank chaimels provided to the university as part of the arena naming rights received by Comcast. In all, the university received 73 cable chatmels. Terp TV displays cam- pus event information, weather and plays WMUC-FM as audio backdrop. "There's been a lot of interest in programming," said Martin T^lor, cable coordinator for Residential Facilities, "But this is the first step." Taylor encourages faculty, staff and student groups regis- tered with the Office of Cam- pus Programs to use the chan- nel as a free means of dissemi- nating information relevant to students. Submission forms and guidelines can be obtained at www.terptv.umd.edu. It will take approximately five work- ing days to get the announce- ment on the air. The other two blank chan- nels will be used for academic programming, supporting what is offered through Libraries' Nonprint Media Services. It will give students an alternative to going to Hombake to watch supplemental curriculum con- tent. Manager Allan Rough is still working out the details. Taylor w^ould also like to see Terp TV offered in waiting areas on campus, such as in the Health Center and the Stamp Student Union through units already in place. "And there's been some inter- est from different offices that have Academic Cable channel 40," said Taylor "We re still inves- tigating it." For more information, call Tiylor at (301) 31^7512. Video Crew Lights Up Maryland Life When passing by the dairy, or the "Bim- er Building, people might not know that it is home to mote than just great ice cream. It is also home to the award-witming office of Universiry Video. The office, which creates productions from script to screen, has brought home the gold in several contests. Among its accolades, University Video has won a gold medal at the Venice Fihn Festival, CINE Golden Eagles, Council for the Advance- ment and Support of Education awards and an Emmy Structured within in University Rela- tions' marketing division, the office was founded in I960, due largely to what Mac Nelson describes as "a constant need to celebrate and interpret the imiversity to the public." And the videos have covered an enormous variety of topics. Nelson, producer, director and cine- matographer, has witnessed the transition from film-style motion picture production to standard video and now to digital video See VIDEO, page 5 Parking Hearing Sparsely Attended Panel Still Wants Input Fewer than 30 peo- ple showed up for an open hearing on parking fees held by the Office of Trans- portation Services last week, and only two spoke, though organiz- ers hoped the meeting would yield more sug- gestions from the cam- pus conunimity. The Blue Ribbon Panel on Paiking Fees, which comprises facul- ty, staff and students, is studying the distribu- tion or allocation of pariring foes. It held the hearing with the hopes of receiving input con- cerning the existii^ fee distribution model and the foasJbillty of others. A Web site, www.agnr. tmid.edu/paiking, was set up so that those wishing to speak in three-minute blocks could sign up. Others were allotted time when scheduled speak- ers were done. Howev- er, neither of the first two who signed up beforehand attended the hearing. One staff member, Mary Graham- Fisher with Facilities Management's Human Resources office, signed up at the hearing and spoke, as did Eric ?>W2\- well, an tmdergraduate See PARKING, page 4 NOVEMBER 12 2 2 dateline maryland YOUR GUIDB TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: NOVEMBER 12-19 T U E S DA V november 12 10:30-11:30 a.m., OU Web Clinic: What is WsbDAV and How Can I Use M 4404 Computer & Space Science. WcbDAV (Web-based Distrib- uted Authoring and Versloning) is used to publish and manage files and direaorics on a remote Web server. Several "client" programs arc available for a variety of computing plat- forms to support this process, including Dreamweaver Web- DAY remote site management (Wmdows or Mac) and Web- Drive (Windows) and Goliath (Mac). This free Web clinic will demonstrate the WebDAV clients. Current users of the Office of Information Technol- ogy's home-grown Web Spin- ner will be moving over to WebDAV in the near future. Come see what WebDAV has to offer. For more information, contact Deborah Mateik at 5- 2945 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.oit.umd.edu/ WebClinics. 11 a.m.-noon, French Music Concert Multipurpose Room, St. Mary's Hall. By performance majors (piano, voice, flute). Part of French Week celebra- tion. For more information, call the Department of French and Italian at 5-4024. 4 p.ni.. Great Women Physi- cists I Have Known Physics Lecture Hall. Free physics col- loquiimi with Katharine Geb- bie of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. For more information, call 5-340 1 . 4 p.m.. Insider Tips on Becoming a Published Author — Hint: Get a Degree in Educationl 3237 Benjamin Building. Come hear College of Education alunuius Jan Pottkcr (M.A. '71) discuss how she became a successfiil pubLshed author of trade and popular books. No RSVP necessary. Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Fdr more information, contact Judy Deshotels at 5-0904 or visit www.education.umd.edu/ alumni. 5:30-7 p.m.. Building Sus- tainable Communities 6137 McKJeldin Library. The Peace Corps, the Office of Interna- tional Ptograms, and the Col- lege of Agriculture and Natural As the Terps TUwn The campus and students will guest star on the Thurs., Nov. 14 episode of "As Tlie World Turns." Two Terps appear in speaking parts, Ben Parlter, a sophomore theater major, and Annsme Phann, a recent graduate, p)av university students. A uni- versity women's ultimate frisbee team and 24 student extras also appear on the show. The program will air on local CBS affiliate sta- tions WUSA and WJZ at 2 p.m. Resources will hold a forum moderated by alumna Jody Olscn, deputy director. Peace Corps, with former volunteers TTiomas Geisler :md Sarah Hen- shaw. Reception to follow. RSVP to cbenson®peacecorps. gov or (202) 692-1046. WEDNESDAY november 13 8 a.m. -5 p.m.. Rethinking Strategies to Improve Stu- dent Achievement Stamp Student Union. Part of the Suc- cess 2002 educational confer- ence with keynote speakers William E. Kirwan (morning) and Ronald Takaki Oimch). For more information, contact OMSE at 5-5616 or visit www. umd . edu/omsc/success . 10 a.m.-2 p.m., French Cul- tural Presentations Multi- purpose Room, St. Mary's Hall. Posters, displays, music, food. Part of French Week celebra- tion. For more information, call the Department of French and Italian at 5-4024. noon, Sadat Lecture for Peace: Kofi Annan See For Yoiu" Interest, page 8. noon-1 p.m.. Constructing Your Own Online Survey: A Demonstration 0114 Counseling Center, Shoemaker Building. With speaker David Heru7 of the Office of Informa- tion Technology. Part of the Counseling Center's Fall Research and Development Meetings. For more informa- tion, contact Vivian Boyd at 4- 7675 or vbl4@umail,umd,edu, or visit www.inform.imid.edu/ Campuslnfo/Departments/Cou nseling/Calendar/cal_md . htm . 4-5 p.m.. Why Should I Learn This? Motivation's Role in Children's Learning and Development 2309 Art- Sociolog}' Building, The fourth presentation in this year's Dis- tinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture Series will be given by Alan Wigfield, College of Edu- cation. For more information, contact Rhonda Malone at 5- 2509 or rm alone ©deans, omd. edu, or visit www.umd.edu/ faculty/FacAwards/1 ecture info. html. 4:15-4:15 p.m.. Stimulating High Achievement Among Minority Learners 1315 Ben- jamin Building, College of Edu- cation. Colloquium with pan- elist Celeste H. Pea, National Science Foimdation. For more information, contact Martm L, Johnson at email@example.com. edu or visit www.education. umd.edu/MIMAlIE. 7 p.m.. The Cook Will Have Occasston to Recollect Riversdale Mansion, Riverdale Park. Lecture by Clarissa Dillon and part of the fall lectme series at Riversdale,"Domestici- ty and Vanity." For more infor- mation, call (301) 864O420 or visit www.pgparks.com. T H U R S D AV november 14 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Short- course Training: MS Excel Level 3 4404 Computer & Space Science. Learn to cus- tomize toolbars and create styles and templates; create decision-making functions; ana- lyze worksheet data by creat- ing pivot tables; compare and contrast workbook files and file links; oudine and consoli- date worksheets; analyze work- sheet data by using the Sce- nario Manager; display and pro- tect worksheet data by locking cells; record and modify macros by using the Visual Basic Edi- tor; create and work with inter- active Web doctmients. Tlie- class fee is $90, For registra- tion, please visit wwTv.oit.imid. edu/sc. For more information, contact Jane S.Wieboldt at 5- 0443 or oit-training@umail. umd.edu, or visit www.oit. umd .edu/sc. 4:15-5:30 p.m.. Talk about Teaching, Shakespeare: Classroom Performance 0135 Taliaferro Hall. Join die Center Alliance for School Teachers; Scot Reese, Theatre Department; and Sharon Lim- dahl, Montgomery Coimty Pub- lic Schools, for an informal conversation and sharing of ideas. Bring a dozen copies of a lesson plan to share. Discus- sion will center on helpmg stu- dents at all levels acquire skills such as translation,blocking, and acting. For more informa- tion, contact Nancy Traubitz at 5-6833 or visit www. inform, umd . edu/EdRes/Colleges/ ARHU/Depts/CRBS, 5:30 p.m., A Celebration of the George Levitine Collec- tion See For Your Interest, page 8. november 15 noon. Are All Dads Equal? Biology vs. Marriage as Basis for Paternal Invest- ment in Children 1101 Art- Sociology Building. Part of the Maryland Population Research Center 2002-2003 Seminar Scries. With Sandra Hofferth, professor of femily studies. For the series schedule and " more information, visit www. popcenter. umd.edu. noon-1 :1 5 p.m.. Depart- ment of Communication Colloquium 0200 Skinner. Laura Janusik will present "Reconceptualizing Listening Through Working Memory" and Leah Simone, "Media Cov- erage of Conflicts of Interest in Science." For additional infor- mation, contact Trevor Parry- Giles at 5^947 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 1-5 p.m.. Feminist Art and History in the New Century See For Your Interest, page 8. november 18 8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- course Training: Introduc- tion to MS Excel 4404 Com- puter & Space Science. Partici- pants will learn to: understand the advantages of electronic spreadsheets; create a basic worksheet by entering text, values and formulas; create for- mulas usmg Excel's built-in functions; change the appear- ance of worksheet data by using a variety of formatting techniques, and more. The class fee is $90. For more information, contact Jane S. Wieboldt at 5-0443 or oit- training@umaU.umd.edu, or visit www.oit. umd, edu/sc. 6:30 p.m.. Professional Update Seminars See For Your Interest, page 8. november 19 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.. The Mid- dle East in Crisis Room 6137 McKeldin Library. As part of International Education Week, the Office of International Pro- grams will be hosting this sem- inar, part of OlP's Regional Seminar Series and held in cooperation with the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace. For more informadon, contact Chrisdne Moritz at cm227®umail,umd. edu or visit www.intprog.umd, e du/regionalsem . ht ml. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Team Build- ing for Managers Sec For Your Interest, page 8. 12:30-1:45 p.m.. Memory and Oblivion in Don Quixote's Final Chapter 01 35 Taliaferro Hall. Presented by Hernan Sanchez M. de Pinll- los, Department of Spanish and Portugese, as part of the Works- in-Progress Seminar Series at the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies. The series, begun in 1998, enables schol- ars who study the early mod- em period to share their latest research. To facilitate discus- sion, participating faculty cir- culate working drafts one wtck before their colloquium. For more information, contact Karen Nelson at knl5@umaiL umd.edu or visit http://inform. umd .edu/crbs/cale ndar. or additional event list- ings, visit www.coilege publisher.com/outlook. calendar guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-!cxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar information for Outtooh is compiled from a combination of InforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Subfnisalons are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or send e-mail to email@example.com. Outlook Omtook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper sening the Uniwrsity of Maryland cainpus community. Biodie Remington ■ Vict President for UnivETsity Relations Teresa Flannety • Executive Director. University Coniinunications and Meeting G«oi^e Cathcart • Executiw Editor fVtonette Austin Bailey • Editor Cynthia Mitchel • Art Director Robert K. Gardner • (Jraduate Letter; to the editor, story su^fs- tions and campus informadon are wetcome. Please subtmt all niateriil two weeks before tlic Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Chillook, 2101 Turner Hall.CoUeg^ Park, MD 20742 Telephone • (301) 405-4629 fax • (.Wl) 314-W44 E-mail • outlook^accnuil.imiJ.cdii www. coHegepublisher.com/ou dook -^^YLEv^ OUTLOOK New Dance Works Explore Relationships Six new reperto- ry works by faculty, stu- dents and guest artists will take place during upcoming per- formances by the Mary- land Dance Ensemble this week and the next. The program will begin with a work by visiting New York artist Keely Garfield. A work for seven dancers, "Spill," tangentially references water. The wrorii is a mix of equally disparate music and sound by Carl Stalling, Bally Sagoo, Bruce Ruffln and Harry McClintok. Continuing the program with themes of strengthening relationships and self-discovery are works by visiting artist/lecturer Maurice Fraga and imdergraduate Ronya-Lec Anderson, Dramati- cally different, "Madelines" features gende partner- ing while "Mars and Venus" is a lively duet that focuses on distinct differences and how they coa- lesce. A w^ork performed by Rebecca Boniella and Christine Sandifer is also about relationships. With music by YannTiersen, "Canoe" is a funny and delicate duet. Completing tlie program is dance facul- ty member Alvin Mayes with a neoclassical quartet, "Allegro in the Square." He is joined by guest artist and recent master's of fine arts graduate Jennifer Mar- tinez performing her work, "In There Some- where" which was commissioned by the Student Dance Association and the department. The work for 10 dancers utilizes music by Webern, Bartok and Mozart. "This promises to be a varied and enthralling evening of dance," says Alcine Wintz, artistic direc- tor for the Maryland Dance Ensemble. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 5 , Saturday, Nov. 1 6, Tuesday, Nov 1 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Dance Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Tickets are $12, $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 405-ARTS. It's a Wide Web World Outlook^s Occasional Look at Interesting University-based Web Sites In "Deep Impact" the movie, it was a celestial object hit- ting Earth. In real life. Earth is hitting back, with the help of uni- versity astronomers. NASA Discovery Mis- sion "Deep Impact" will launch a space- craft in 2004 to ren- dezvous with Comet Tempel 1 on Indepen- dence Day 2005. Made of two parts, the space- craft will launch an "impactor" into the comet from the "flyby" ' following close behind. Weighing over 800 pounds and hitting at about 20,000 mph, the "impactor" will blow a hole into the comet two to 14 stories deep, providing access to a comet interior for the first time. After impact the "flyby" will train its instruments on the crater and debris and transmit data. Among those watching will be the Astronomy Department's Michael A'Heam, principal investigator (PI) of the mission, and Lucy McFadden, co-investi- gator and manager of outreach activities. They hope to gain insight into the origins of the solar system by studying the composition of comets, believed to be well-preserved relics of the early solar system. "We reason that because comets spend so much time away from the sim that they haven't been altered and changed as much as the rocky planets. They've been pre- served," says McFadden, The Web site "Deep Impart: The First Look Inside a Comet! " (http://deepimpact,umd,edu> is part of the education and out- reach activities NASA requires of all Discovery Missions. Geared toward the layperson, LHUJhHU the site gives a lucid, jai^on-free introduction to the mission and is organized into seven parts, providing, among other things, a mission overview, a review of what's known about comets and schematics of the "flyby" and "impactor." The following three sections deal with tiie sci- entific and technical aspects of the mission: Mission: A downloadable Adobe Acrobat fact sheet and a quick fact sheet give the mis- sion background and sequence of events. Adding a dramatic touch to the presentation, ani- mations in Quicktime and Win- dows Media Player formats depict the "impactor" slamming into the comet and the dual "flyby-imp actor" spacecraft's journey to the comet. A time- line peppered with short sum- maries charts the mission mile- stones from early planning to the end of the project in 2006. Science: The introductory para- graph brings the uninitiated up to speed on the current knowl- edge concerning comets and through links, answers such fiindamcntal questions as "What arc comets? "The link "Who is Observing Tempel 1?" leads to information for the casual viewer and the array of ama- teur astronomers waiting to observe the comet when it enters telescope range again in 2003- Following the "posi- tion and orbit" link leads to a "3D orbital visualization" window that allows one to see the relative positions of Tempel 1 and the planets at a particular date or let time run and watch them sweep out their orbits. Technology; "This section pro- files the hardware that makes all this possible," says McFadden. Descriptions and pictures of the "flyby" and "impactor" space- crafts, guidance systems and measuring instruments built by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. are available in this sec- tion. An account of how the company designed and tested the complex targeting system that will guide the "impactor" is also featured. Future site plans include the regular posting of images of the space craft as Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp continues building them, McFadden says. The final three sections — Gallery, Discovery Zone and Press — provide links to more pictures, educational outreach activities and articles written about the mission. "I call it 'inieach' — to the campus coramimity and the public, "McFadden says. The imiversity is partnered with the California Institute of Technology 's Jet Propul sio n See IMPACT, page 7 Conference Highlights Value of Undergraduate Research The new Maryland Cen- ter for Undergraduate Research, which will open at McKeldin Library late this semester or early next semester, will provide a much- needed place for faculty and students to connect on proj- ects they share interest in, said Robert Hampton, dean of undergraduate studies and associate provost for academic affeirs. The center's work coincides with a national move to foster undeigiaduate research in an increasingly more competitive aca- demic environ- ment. A conference being held this week at the Inn and Conference Center will bring together faculty, deans, provosts and other administrators from research universi- ties across the country for discus- sion and assess- ment of the under- graduate education programs at their home campuses. "Undergraduate Research and Schol- arship and the Mission of the Research University," spon- sored by the Reinvention Cen- ter at Stony Brook University, will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15,Tlirough a series of lectures, panel discus- sions and breakout and plan- ning sessions, conference par- ticipants will form rwo-year agendas for improving under- graduate research on their home camp uses. The Reinven- tion Center will later publish a proceedings volume with sug- gestions from the conference that universities can adapt to meet their specific goals for undergraduate education. In addition to addressing challenges at the institutional level, conference sessions will highlight strategies for foster- ing undergraduate research and scholarship within specif- ic departments. Maryland already has several excellent undergraduate research pro- grams in effect, but there is a need for expansion, said Lisa Kiely, assistant dean of under- graduate studies. "But [they're] just college or program specific," she said. "It's difficult for students to find out about." Maryland's undergraduate research center is part of the Office of Undergraduate Stud- ies' effort to better promote the l>enefits of undergraduate research and to make research projects more accessible, Hampton said. "Sometimes we've not been as forthcoming as we had liked to be about undergradu- ate research." The increased competition for admission to the university has raised the overall level of scholarship at Marj'land as well as the poten- tial for worthy undei^raduate research, Hampton said. "Clearly, in terms of the ability of undergraduates to discover, and the ability to actively participate in a research culture, our students today can play a significant role," he said. Research is not just defined in terms of scientific research, such as lab work, but also PHOTQ SV CVNTHtA MITCHEL includes creative projects in the arts and humanities, such as writing a play, Hampton explained. Participation in the conference will help enable the university to form success- ful programs in all depart- ments, he said. At least 1 Maryland faculty members and administrators are attending or presenting at the conference, including Hampton and Diane Harvey, undergraduate studies librari- an. Hampton is participating as a panelist for the roundtable discussion "Connecting Depart- mental Interests and Actions with Instimtional Goals," and Harvey is co-leading a break- out session section on "The Library as a Laborator)'." The Association of American Universities, the National Sci- ence Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Sigma Xi:The Scientific Research Society arc co-sponsoring the event with the Reinvention Center. The center was created at Stony Brook as a means of car- rying out strategies and goals established by the Boyer Com- mission on Educating Under- graduates at the Research Uni- versity's report, "Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities," Since the report was published in 1998, the center has been wotidng to increase focus on undergraduate education at research universities through programs such as the upcom- ing conference. — Justyn Kopack, junior, journalism NOVEMBER 12 2 2 PHOTO iOUHTESY OF FACILITIES MOT. In Memoriam Skilled, Positipe Employee Will Be Missed Kurtlksschc, an electrician for Facilities Manage- ment for more than 24 of his 41 years, was known as an enthusiastic, always-willing employee. He died last week, six days after being injured in an electrical explosion while working on the John S.Toll Physics Building. Tassche began working for what was Physical Plant as a work-study student from Bladensbui^ High School. He was hired soon after as a mainte- nance service worker in 1979- He woriced his way up throu^ the mainte- nance worker scries to the journey level of elec- trician and then most recently as an electronics technician in. Along the way.Tassche studied and became a licensed master elec- trician. He was a super- visor in the electric shop and was respon- sible for the evening shift. Prior to this assignment, he worked for quite a while in the classroom equipment unit and provided specialized support for classroom audioAisxial equipment, Tassche was also responsible for two-way radio repair. Both his director. Jack Baker, and his assistant director, Laura Wildesen, describe him as someone who was always positive and always willing to get the job done. A former supervisor commented in one of Tksshchc's evaluations that he took a "great deal of pride in his work and strives for excel- Icnce'Woiking on the evening shift, his accom- plishments vrere often imobserved by his cus- tomers, but those who knew his abilities and his work attest to his professionalism and expertise in his trade. The memorial service for Kurt Tassche took place on Nov. 7 at Memorial Chapel. He leaws behind his girlfriend, Kristen Kamp; his mother and Either, Georgette and Edmund Tassche; and his sister, Karen. The Faculty Staff Assistance Program (TSAP) is available to provide counseling support for those in need of their services. FSAP counselors can be reached at (301) 314*170 or 314*099. In response to inquiries about contributions in memory of Kurt Tassche, his family has identified two places: PGCC Foundation, 301 Laigo Road, Laigo, MD 20774. Make checks payable to the PGCC Founda- tion, with a notation on the bottom of the check: Kurt Tassche Fund. Prince George's Community College provides training and coursework for individuals studying the National Electrical Code and preparing for the journeyman and master electrician's exams for licensing. The college also provides continuing education courses for master electricians. Tassche went through this program to prepare for his mas- ter's license. HSCC (Humane Society of Calvert County), PO. Box 3505, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, Make checks payable to HSCC, with a notation that the donation should go to the Fishing Creek Kennel in Sunderland, Marj^and, in memory of Kurt Tassche. This is a no-kill animal shelter How to Help People Help Themselves For people looking to approach a friend or family member they sus- pect may have a drug or alcohol abuse problem, the experts at the Center for Health andWeLbeing are here to help with treat- ment, intervention and counseling services. The center, a satellite of the University Health Cen- ter located in the Campus Recreation Center, can also provide information on identifying signs of possi- ble drug and alcohol abuse and suggest strategies for talking to someone who may need treatment. In approaching some- one about a drug or alco- hol problem, it is critical not to make assumptions, said Kelly Dolan of the center's substance abuse program. There is often no way of knowing for sure if a person has a problem, or exactly what kind of prob- lem it is, she said. Jumping to conclusions can make a person feel threatened. Additionally, an abuser may not even realize he or she has a problem, even if It seems obvious, Dolan said. "If it's a co-woricer, for example, and your office has a lot of happy hour social events — to the abus- er, it may not look like drinking is a problem," said Dolan. "To him, it may look like, since other people are having a beer, that he is not out of place. Even if he is abusing, in his eyes it seems ok." Before speaking to a person, try to build a rela- tionship of trust so the person doesn't feel his or her privacy is being invad- ed, I>olan suggests. Become acquainted with treatment options and facts about substance abuse in order to provide the potential abuser with beneficial information, and be ready with replies If the person resists your offers for help. Choose a private, non-threatening place for the confrontation, and make sure to listen, not just talk. It is especially esscndal not to be judg- mental of the other per- son's behavior, said Dolan. "Often people want help, but they don't like the idea of being the one with the problem," she said. It is important to real- ize the person has an addiction and that chang- ing is not as simple as it may seem. It is also important not to neglect body language when talking to a person about a problem, said Dolan, Even whai people See HELPING, page 6 Honor Pledge: Fostering Integrity in Students Cotttitiucd Jrom page t the pledge in some way, but not nec- essarily the same way, said Pavela. Some faculty members may choose to put the pledge on every test, while others choose to have stu- dents sign the pledge only once at the beginning of the semester. Both Canter and Pavela agree the pledge is a communit)' building rit- ual, designed to raise awareness and educate students and faculty about the value of academic integrity, in hopes of reducing aca- demic dishonesty. The two also agree that its effects wiU not be seen immediately. °It will take time for the tradition to evolve," said Pavela. He added that it will be a "decade-long process" before the effects can be completely imderstood, Pavela said his goal is for 90 per- cent of the classes at the university to use the pledge routinely on assignments and exams. Faculty members are "critical gate- keepers," said Canter in a Sept. 27 letter to university faculty. Professors who ask their students to sign the pledge are reiterating the impor- tance of academic integrity and ethi- cal learning to their students. Canter said in fiis letter that in 2001, faculty members referred 243 academic dis- honesty cases, up fi^m 127 cases in 1995. Research conducted by the Cen- ter for Academic Integrity and the John Temple ton Foundation, shows a correlation between the use of honor codes and lower levels of stu- dent cheating, even on large cam- puses such as the University of Maryland, where cheating is general- ly higher than at smaller, private institutions. Tom Linthicimi, an adjunct instructor at the Philip Merrill Col- lege of Journalism, who has his jour- nalism students sign the pledge once at the beginning of the semes- ter, said he appreciates the flexibility of the pledge. Linthicum said It is more mean- ingful to sign it once than writing it over every time his students hand in assignments. In journalism cours- es, because of the amount of writ- ing assignments the students hand in, it would be burdensome to con- stantly ask students to sign the pledge, he added, "Plagiarism is such a serious offense m the field of journalism... that journalism students should already know the perils of dishonest work," Linthicum said. — Meghan Hiist, '•' ■'• t' junior, journalism Parking: Alternatives Sought to Current System Continued from page i member of the University Senate and panel. Organiz- ers aren't sure why partici- pation wasn't higher "I'm very surprised," says Leon Slaughter, associ- ate dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resoiures, who moderated the first part of the hear- ing. "It could be [that] it's early yet. . . but I thought we'd have enough that -we could run until 4:30 when people got off work." The fonmi was sched- uled to run ftom 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., thot^h by 4 p.m. many who showed up to listen had left the audito- rium. Using information from the Facilities Management Master Plan, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Bill Dcsder outlined the cur- rent parking fee structure, explained why asking the state to pay for paddng won't work and offered a few alternatives. He said that increases in parking fees come from the build- ing of structured (garage) lots, which, while better for the environment than surface lots, cost more to build and maintain. The master plan calls for mov- ing parking to the perime- ter of the campus and pro- viding an internal shutde system. On asking for state sup- port, Destler said, "They expect us to pay for park- ing. So parking, by defini- tion, is a self-support acriv- ity. If you want me to go up to Annapolis and ask the state to pay for park- ing, I wiU. HI do what you want me to do, but it will be like walking into a brick wall. I will get my nose bloodied and we will get no satisfaction." DesUer was surprisingly open when discussing dis- parities in parking fees. "I would strongly encourage you aU to think of ways in which this burden... can be shared in a more equi- table ^hion amongst our campus commimity. "Right now I pay to park right next to the main adminstration build- ing, five steps from my office door, the same as any staff member who parks blocks away from their workplace," said Destler. "This makes no sense. I am one of the most highly paid people on the campus paying exacdy the amoimt of money for my paridng space as is the lowest paid member of physical plant. This does not make sense." David Allen, director of transportation services, talked about four alterna- tives to the ciuTcnt fee structure. The first is close to what's being done now: an across the board, per population fee. Faculty and staff not m the bargaining unit will pay a certain fee, commuter students anoth- er and resident students a third based on their hous- ing assigrunents. The sec- ond option is geared toward faculty and staft"; they would pay a certain percentage of their income for parking. The third option, a tier model, would create anywhere ftom three to six tiers where people pay based on what income tier they fill into. For both the sec- ond and third options, stu- dents would still pay flat fees. The last option being considered is based on proximity, so that people can pay a higher fee to parte closer to their work- place. "Certainly, Tve 're open to all possibilities," said Allen. "There are combinations of each of these." The Blue Ribbon Panel would stiU like to hear from the community. Comments can be sent to them through the Web site, www.agnr.umd.edu/ parking. OUTLOOK Video: Award- v^inning Creativity Continued from page 1 PHOTO BY CVNTHlft MITCHEL Mac Nelson and Cindy Henneberger produce award-winning videos for and about tha uni varsity. since he first began work- ing at University Video. One of his latest works was a video for the gala dinner celebration hosted by Bill Cosby to inaugurate the opening of the David C, DriskeU Center for the Study of the African Dias- pora, Their client, Sarah E, Reilly, director of develop- ment with the College of Arts and Humanities, described the video as "sig- nificant and dazzling ."As an introduction to a center that does not have a physi- cal building, Reilly feels the video carried an important message that the center will be more than a place surrounded by walls, but about scholarship, educa- tion and research. Reiliy said she was grate- ful for the wonderful job and described the working process with the video office as fiill of tremendous creativity and excitement. The quality of woik pro- duced by office attracted Cindy Hennebetger, former fteelancer and award-win- ning associate producer She now produces videos and writes scripts at Uoi- versity Video. ,^1-1 «« i\ One of Henneberger's recent productions, a video group for the university's Alumni Association's awards gala, was seen as an "extremely high quality" program by Deirdre Bagley, director of training and development. Recently, Hennebetger produced a documentary on the Baltimore Incentive Awards Program, which featured students who entered the university as a result of a pipeline pro- gram to encourage more Baltimore city public high school students to attend Maryland. Nelson just fin- ished production on a video, "Stolen Dreams," about the drug Ecstacy. The short productions delves deeply into the issue of teenage drug use from the perspective of teenage drug users. The small office is always busy, with three people and a few interns, yet both Nelson and Hen- neberger enjoy the collabo- rative and creative atmos- phere and the challenging work. "Every time we produce a video, it's like giving birth to a child. Each one is spe- cial," said Hennenbei^er. "Every year our team looks forward to new pro- jects and communication challenges," said Nelson. — ^Ying Lou, graduate student, joum alism Calling Campus Authors! In response to numerous requests for Oittlook to publish announcements of new books written by faculty and staff, a monthly section will be devoted to this news. Beginning with the Nov. 19 issue of Outlook, every third issue of the month will feature "Book Bag,' Submissions shouid be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using the following guidelines: • 'book title,' author, campus affiliation, (publisher, date released) • a 15-word description of the work • a .jpg image (approximately 4"x6" at 200 dpi) of the book cover or author (optional) • a name and contact number for Outlook's use in case of questions Outlook will not run news of subsequent editions of books, chapters authored in aca- demic texts, articles authored in magazines or books forthcoming. Also, submissions will be published on a first come-first served basis. What does not fit in one month's issue will run in the next. Academic books will be grouped by type according the university's U col- leges and schools. Books not fitting into those categories (i.e. children's books, hobby guides, etc.) will be grouped in an "Other" category. For more information, call Monatte A. Bailey (301) 40S-4629, or sand questions to email@example.com. Notable Five professors were selected as fel- lows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The prestigious honor is awarded for efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are scien- tiflcally or socially distinguished. ITie university faculty are among 291 researchers named as fellows this year. The new AAAS fellows arei • Margarot A. Palmar, biology, for sig- nificant contributions to advancing the imderstanding of aquatic ecosys- tems and the role of women in sci- ence; • Samuel O. Grim, professor, chem- istry/biochemistry, for his work creat- ing new compoimds with metal bonding properties; • Mikhail A. Anisimov, chemical engi- neering, for distinguished contribu- tions to chemical thermodynamics; • J. Robert Dorfman, physics, for his work on kinetic theory and founda- tions of statistical mechanics; • Harriet B. Preuer, sociology, for iimovative research on population, labor force, gender and social inequality and for outstanding serv- ice to demographic and sociological sociedes. , The Office of External and Alumni Relations of the Robert H. Smith School of Business annoimces that Angela Mary Boone will join the staff as director of special events. She was most recently employed vrith the Alliance for Justice working in the development and membership office, Malcolm Russeil-Einhom, a lawyer formerly with Abt Associates, joined the IRIS Center as part of the legal reform team. He is a legal and institl^ Uonal reform specialist, with an emphasis on efforts aimed at improv- ing accotmtability and tratisparency in regulatory and administrative processes, including administrative and judicial appeals systems. Mlhaaia Mazilu, a new program manager at the IRIS Center, will be workii^ on the Democracy, Gover- nance and Regulation Team, Mazilu is completing a master's in government at Johns Hopkins University and has a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in American liteiature from the University of Bucharest. Also, the center has been awarded a four-year contract to support the U,S, Agency for International Develop- ment's CUSAID) policy leadership. The $4 million project, titled "Intel- lectual Leadership Agenda Support," will provide research and policy development assistance for the Policy and Program Coordination Bureau of USAID. Faculty from the College of Agricul- ttite and Natural Resources received every one of the 2002 Northeast Regional Awards presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, ^e national organization for Cooperative Exten- sion professionals. Winners honored at a national ceremony on Oct. 19 included: • Distinguished Service Award: David Rota, Biological Resources Engineer- ing; • Distinguished Mid-Career Award: Sandra Womack, Charles County Extension office; • Distinguished International Service Award: Jamea Hanson, Agricultural & Resource Economics: • Distinguished Team Award :Dianne MiillsKsic), Mon^omery Coimty; Sandy Corridon, Frederick County; Madeleine Greene, Hovi^rd County; Sitaron Gandy, Harford County; and Mark Kantor, Nutrition & Food Sci- ence; for their Food Safety Initiative "Keeping the Community SAFE." In addition, F. Grove Miller was rec- ognized as National Distinguished Friend of Extension for a lifetime of service to Cooperative Extension and its mission of volunteerism. The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation named Elizabeth Arnold and Joahiia Walner as recipients of 2002 Whiting Writers' Awards. The awards, which are $35,000 each, have been given aimually since 1985 to emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise. Arnold, a poet, is the author of "The Reer (University of Chicago, 1999), a sequence of poems about surviving cancer She is assistant pro- fessor of English. Joshua Weiner, also a poet and an assistant English pro- fessor, wrote liis first collection of poetry, "The Worid's Room" (Universi- ty of Chicago Press, 2001). The Robert H. Smith School of Busi- ness announced the appointment of Laura Dronterick as associate director, business services, at the school's Dingman Center for Entrepreneur- ship. Dromerick, who earned her master's in business admlnisttatloii at Harvard, is responsible for managing the suite of services offered to entre- preneurs by the Dingman Center. Dromerick works with senior execu- tives, mentors, scholars and volun- teers to oversee the delivery of serv- ices offered to entrepreneurs, includ- ing market and technology assess- ment, business plan review, mentor- ing and the capital access network, Janat Peteraon, biological safety man- ager and assistant director, Depart- ment of Environmental Safety, was elected secretary of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) at its annual conference in San Fran- cisco. She will serve a two-year term, A^A is a national oi^anization of Biological Safety Professionals with more than 900 members. , NOVEMBER 12 2 2, Make a Diff^mtce During the Holiday Season Through Service The holiday session is an excellent time to give back to the community. Community Service Programs has compiled a list of hol- iday service opportunities individu- als and groups can take advantage of. Some service opportunities that I departments, offices and individuals can get involved in throughout the ^ upcoming hoHday season include: ^ Capital Area Food Bank. I Nov. 1-Dec. 24, Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fifteen to 50 volunteers are needed to sort donated food items, which feed those suffering from hunger in the Washington area. Contact Phillip Borden at (202) 526-5944 ext. 286 or pborden® cfoodbank.org. I *^ SHARE. November 7-25 (closed Sundays). Volunteers are needed to package and distribute approximately 36,000 food pack- ages. SHARE is located in Hyartsville. Contact Ninochika Twitty (301) 864-3115 ext. 1 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org. *^ Paint Branch Elementary School. This community has 1 families that are in need of Thanks- giving dinners. The dinners can be brought to the school the morning of Nov. 22 and they will dehver them. The goods may consist of a turkey or ham, five pounds of pota- toes, three canned or frozen vegeta- bles, cranberry sauce rolls and dessert. Some type of drink would also be r wonderful. If you are interested in helping, please let Principal Bertha Steward know by Nov. 18 at bstew- email@example.com or (301) 513-5300. '^ Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation. Located in Annapolis, volunteers needed Nov. 14-16. This nonprofit foundation needs volun- teers to create exhibits for an out- door environmental display for the new Chesapeake Bay Ecology Center. Contact (410) 269-7815. ^ Affiliated Sante Group and Rock Creek Foundation. This organization assists adults with chronic mental illness and develop- mental disabihties.Volunteers are needed to take clients, who might be alone for the holidays, out to a dinner or a movie. Contact Karen Ekich at (301) 589-2303 ext. 166. «^ Bethesda Cares. Nov. 21- Dec. lO.Volunteers are needed to gift- \ wrap at Barnes and Noble to help ' raise funds for this organization that works on behalf of the homeless ' corrnnuiiity. Contact Sue Kirk at ' Susan@bethesdacares.com. , ^ Manna Food Center located in Rockville. Nov. 22 in the evening or Nov. 23 during the day. Volun- teers are needed to assemble and deUver Thanksgiving food baskets to approximately 5,000 families in Montgomery County. Contact Mary Lou Jacobs at (240) 314-8303 or firstname.lastname@example.org, ^ Books, Bears & Bonnets, Inc. Volunteers are need- ed to wrap gifts for a few hours, and all proceeds help children and adults coping widi can- cer. The program is located at Zany Brainy in RockviUe. Contact Merrily Ansell at (301) 881-2883 or manmd@star- power.net for dates and times of event. "^ First Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger. Thursday, Nov, 28 at 9 a.m. The trot begins at the Jefferson Memorial. The trot will benefit So Others Might Eat and the WB50 Family Fund. For a registration form and questions call (202) 797-8806 extlOll. Partici- pants must register ahead of time. «^ Food and Friends. This organization prepares and delivers free hot meals to homebound peo- ple living with AIDS and other ter- minal illnesses. To sign up for any Thanksgiving opportunities call the Thanksgiving Volunteer Hothne at (202) 863-1859 or Thanksgiving® foodandfiiends.org. Include fiill name, daytime phone number, mail- ing address, e-mail, and volunteer activity choice. Volunteer needs include: meal deHvery, Monday- Wednesday, Nov. 25-27; food prepa- ration, Monday- Wednesday, Nov. 25-27 morning or afternoon. ^ Sarah's Circle. Throughout the Thanksgiving HoUday.This organi- zation provides affordable housing and services for seiriors of limited means.Volunteers are needed as visitoi^, ESL coaches, to provide hoUday meal services during Thanksgiving. The organization is located in the Adams Morgan area of DC. Contact Andi Tucker at (202) 332-1400 ext. 22 or atucker@ sarahscircle.org. ^^ Second Genesis, Inc. Throughout the Thanksgiving Hohday, Volunteers provide meals or parties for clients who are experi- encing a healthy responsible life, free fiom drugs, alcohol, and violence. Centers are located at eight facilities in the DC, area. Contact Jennifer KivHn at (301) 563-1545 or Jennifer_kivhn@secondgenesis.org. '^^ Shepherd's Table. This organi- zation provides food, clothing, counseling, medical care and other support services to individuals and families seeking assistance in meet- ing basic needs to reach their fiiUest potential. They have a variety of volunteer needs. Contact Heidi Ashton at (301) 585-6463. ■«f Threshold Services. Wednesday evenings in Silver Spring. Carolers are needed during the holiday sea- son to provide entertain- ment to people with severe mental illness. Contact Elif Dogan at (301) 754-1102 ext. 15 or edogan@ threshokJderservices, org. *^ Chesapeake Children's Museum. Wednesdays in November &otn 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with carpentry finish work, painting, car- pet laying and mural painting. Contact Deborah Weed or Peri Lane at (410) 267-6333 or (410) 990-1993, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, ^^ Crownsville Hospital Center. Located in Anne Arundel County. This facihty serves psychiatric dis- ables residents between the ages of 12-95. Volunteers are needed to sponsor cooking classes, ceramics classes, birthday parries, and other special activities. Contact Sylvia BeaU (410) 729-6517 or beaUs@ dhmh.state.md. us. ^ Audubon Naturalist Society 33rd annual HoHday Fair. December 6 to 8, all day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located in Chevy Chase. Volunteers are needed for three and four hour shifts. Volunteers receive free admission to the fair. Contact die Volunteer Office at (301) 652- 9188 ext. 30 or volunteer® audubonnaturahst.org. ^■^ Hebrew^ Home of Greater Washington. Volunteers are needed throughout the hohdays to work in the kitchen, assist in running activi- ties such as bingo, visiting, doing manicures, escort to hohday servic- es, play piano, write press releases and more. Contact the Hebrew Home Volunteer Department at (301) 770-8333. A listing of organizations accept- ing donations is also available by caUing (301) 314-CARE or vis- iting www.umd.edu/csp. For more information, call Meg Cooperman at (301) 405-0741. Helping Coittimted Jrom page 4 have a good idea of what they want to say to a person with a sus- pected problem, they can inadver- tendy send a negative message with hypercritical body language, she said. "Often people say one thing and show another," said Do Ian. She sug- gests playing close attention to fecial expressions and hand move- ments. Tone of voice can also affect the meaning of a message, so try not to sound accusatory or act superior to the person, Dolan said. Tlie most effective method for helping a person with a substance abuse problem varies depending on whether that person is a &mlly member, friend or co-worker, ex- plained Dolan. Strategies also vary depending on what stage of recog- nizing the problem the abuser is in. For example, a person in what is known as the "pre-contemplation stage" is in denial and refuses to recognize that there is a problem. A "chronic contemplator," howev- er, recognizes that there is a prob- lem and says something will be done to address it, but nothing is. The center can provide more infor- mation on the best way to help someone based on the rjpe of rela- tionship the concerned party has with that person and what stage of recognition the person is in. No matter what, one important step is setting personal limits on how involved you become in the other pereon's problem, said Dolao. The parents of an adult son, for example, may help the son find a job, but decide in advance that they wiU draw line at lending him money he could spend on drugs. A co-worker, on the other hand, may decide to take the initial steps to help an associate in confidence, but pledges to turn the issue over to supervisors if the problem begins to affect work performance. "No matter how much you care, you have to set limits," she said. "You have to realize that this is not your fault, and that you can only do so much. That can be the hard- est part." Dolan said helping someone with a substance abuse problem is often a frustrating process, espe- cially when the person doesn't appear to be making any progress toward recovery. Programs such as Al-Anon are great for learning about ways to help through other people who have been in similar situations, said Dolan said. The center can refer people to such resources, Dolan recommends Tom Rug- gieri of the Faculty Staff Assistance Program as a good contact for uni- versity employees who are con- cerned about a co-worker, friend or femily member. Ruggiert can be reached at (301) 314-8170 or rug- email@example.com. Ronnie Brown, who specializes in treatment and prevention, can be reached at (301) 314-8126 or brown@heaith. umd.edu, and Leah McGrath, the center's substance abu.'ie prevention coordinator, can be reached at (301) 314-8124 or mcgrath@heal th . umd. edu . — -Justyn Kopack, junior, J oumalism OUTLOOK LGBT Studies Program Established The university expanded the scope of its diversi- ty education offerings this fell with the addition of a formal certificate program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Marilee Lindemann, the recently appointed director, says the new interdisciplinary program for undergraduates is the result of a five-year effort to formalize a course of study that has been very popular with students for many years. Historically LGBT courses have been more than 95 per- cent filled whenever they are offered. Tlie certificate program provides an academic struc- ture to link the approximately 20 existing courses and to encourage the development of others that critically exam- ine the lives, experiences, identities and representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. "Diversity education has been a key aspect of excel- lence here at Maryland," says Lindemann, "The university was a pioneer in advancing Women's Studies, and now it is taking the lead in LGBT Studies." Maryland's program is unique in the Baltimore-Wash- ington region with dedicated fimding for a stand-alone cre- dentialing program in LGBT Studies, To wson University^ uses cooperative release time to offer a minor in Lesbian and Gay Studies.A growing number of institutions across the country are formalizing concentrations and majors in this area and the City Univer- sity of San Francisco offers a bachelor's degree. Lindemann, associate pro- fessor of English and a recog- nized scholar in American lit- erature and LGBT studies, notes that the growing inter- est in this field is part of the evolution of academic pro- grams that focus on geograph- ic origin or identity group- ings. Maryland, for example, has programs in Afro-Ameri- can Studies, American Studies, Asian-American Studies, East Asian Studies, Family Studies, Germanic Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin-American Stud- ies, Russian Area Studies and Women's Studies. "LGBT Studies is a natural consequence of the growing visibility of sexual minorities on campus and In the broader community," says lindemann. "Academic, corporate and gov- ernmental sectors of society have begun to recognize the need for the majority popula- tion to increase Its knowl- edge and understanding of LGBT issues and people." Lindemann says Maryland's program is notable for its sub- stantive approach to develop- ing an understanding of sexu- ality as an aspect of human behavior, cultural expression and social organization. Open to students of all majors, it offers a coherent curriculum that provides a clear path to follow tOTvard inteUectual development and results in a formal credential. The 21 -credit certificate requires students to take courses in literature, humani- ties, social sciences and phi- losophy. They must also com- plete a capstone course focused either on the interac- tion of the humanities and social sciences in this field or the practical application of their training in a community service oi^anization. "We will engage students in the study of LGBT families and communities, histories, lit- eratures, economic and politi- cal lives and their complex relationship with the majority society," says Lindemann. "By studying sexual minorities, we hope students will begin to understand and respect other differences in human lives, such as age, class, race and religion," She notes that while the certificate program is new, courses with significant LGBT content have been offered on campus since the 1970s. Most of the current courses are in literature and tlie humanities. Lindemann s own scholarship has focused on queer literary history and American women writers. She authored the book "Willa Gather: Queering America." She says she is very interested in working with faculty and deans to develop more elective courses in the social sciences to enhance the certificate program. For more information about the program, visit the Web site at www.lgbts.umd.edu. Culture: Center an "Artistic Force" Continued Jhm page 1 ty of Maryland," says Brian Jose, direc- tor of marketing and communications at the Clarice Smith Center and the center's representative to the group, "Our involvement in the PARC study, and the study in general, wilt help us better serve our audience, cultivate new patrons and promote the arts and their importance in the lives of all Americans," Other metro area groups are: American University's Department of Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Howard University's Crampton Auditorium, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Ford's Theatre, GALA Hispanic The at re, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Joy of Motion Dance Center, National Symphony Orchestra, Rin- cones & Co. Dance Tlieater, Shake- speareTheatre,Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Studio Theatre, Washington Bach Consort, Washington Ballet, Washington Performing Arts Society, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Per- forming Arts and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Working with the Urban Institute, a leading nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C., the project is using a data- collection process in 10 pilot sites designed to be cost-effective and higlily rcplicable. The ini- tial five sites arc Clnciiuiati, Denver, Pittsburgh, Seattle and the state of Alaska. The second group of five cities is Austin, Boston, Min- neapoUs-St, Paul, Sarasota and Washington, Open Enrollment Period Begins f ILE PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI DC. The data is being collected in four ways: (1> audience surveys at performing arts ven- ues, (2) surveys of subscribers to individual presenting organizations, (3) household and community surveys in the selected site cities of people who may not attend the performing arts regularly, and (4) surveys of members of the five NSOs in the site cities. The state's Open Enrollment period for benefits wili run through Dec. 6. During this time, employees can change their insurance coverage, add or delete dependents from their plans and enroll in the Flexible Spending Account plan. Materials have been distrib- uted, however, the Open Enroll- ment booklet and a PowerPoint presentation concerning proce- dures and plan changes for the coming year can be found on the Benefit Office's Web site: www. personnel.umd.edu/Benefits/ benefits20O1/bBnefits20Ol .htm. The printed version of the booit should tiave been given out through department administra- tive and payroll clerics. Dfck Bos stick, assistant direc- tor, offered a reminder for this I year, "Peoplewtiowanttopartici- pate in the Flexible Spending Plan need to to re-enroll every year," he said. "It does not auto- matically roll over." The plan offers tax-free reimbursement accounts for eligible expenses for either medical coverage or dependent care. Also, the state's telephone voice response system is now available to anyone. Previousfyt employees would need to wait until they received a preprinted form that they woutd use to go through the system. "Now, you just press and someone will enroll you," said Bos stick. A health fair, where employees can pick up information about various plans, is scheduled for today, Nov. 12, in the Grand Bait- room of the Stamp Student Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (301) 405-5654. Laramie Project: Hope Continued Jrom page 3 to really question the way eacli work is made." He is just as care- ful about tlie why. When asked why he felt "Laramie" is garnering so much attention, Kaufman answers, "The symbolic nature of the crime. It was a crucifixion and you can't do that in America." People rallied around the Shep- ard family and turned his death into a call for acceptance. It was- n't that his death was tlie only violent act committed in the nation, says Kaufman, it's that it was "honorable." "He was white, young and very photogenic. That means some- thing very different. It's not a Lati- no drag queen that went home with someone and got murdered." Kaufman says national conver- sations already happening con- cerning acceptance, or tolerance, of people's differences prompted the attention this event and his play received. It was the right time. "People were ready to talk about it and we were ready to lis- ten," he says. Kaufman's play has been called, by various media and gay rights groups, a meditation on healing and on hatred's cost. Without recreating the crime, the nine-person cast represents 60 characters, or citizens, of Laramie, Wyo. with whom members of the Tectonic Theater Project spoke with one month after the crime. Though critically acclaimed and sold out for most of its numerous performances around the coim- try, "The Laramie Project" has its detractors. When it was chosen as a First Year book for imiversity freshmen, the Family Policy Net- work considered filing a lawsuit against the imiversity, Kansas minister Fred Phelps has threat- ened to protest its opening at the university, Kaufman, quoted in a September article in the Balti- more Jewish Times, called such actions absurd. "Sue a imiversity for reading a book? Talk about anti-American. That kind of thouglit and speech reminds me of the people attack- ing us - the al Qaida," he said. But people are talking and that's what's important, says Kaufman. It is what he wanted people to do. Is he optimistic about the dialogue continuing? "Hopefully we won't let it die." Impact: July 2005 Fireworks Continued Jrom page 3 Laboratory and Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp, on the mission, begun in 1999- As part of NASA's Discovery Mission pro- gram,"Deep lmpact"is the eighth in a series of low-cost, competi- tively bid missions exploring the solar system. NASA solicits Discovery Mis- sion proposals from teams made of people from private industry, government laboratories and uni- versities. Wmning teams carry out the mission from design to data analysis. NASA caps mission budgets at $299 million and development times, from start to launch, at 36 months. McFadden says the idea for the mission arose from the study more than a decade ago of the debris from Halley's comet. The scenario in the movie "Armaged- don" she claims is more akin to "Deep Impact's" mission than the movie of the same name. The movie came out after the mission proposal was written and McFad- den says that discussions about copyright issues were held with Paramount Pictures. "They were fine with the name as long as we weren't maldtig money from it. Actually, we think they should do a sequel," says McFadden. NOVEMBER 12 2 O O 2 Kofi Annan to Speak on Middio East United Nations Secretary-Gcn- eraJ Kofi Annan wiD deliver an important addiress on the Mid- dle East, presenting the Univer- sity of Maryland's annual Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace. "At a time when die role of the United Nations in interna- tional affairs broadly, and specifically toward Iraq, is so hotly debated, the Secretary- General's speech will be espe- cially illuminating," says Shibley Telhami, who holds the univer- sity's Sadat Chair. Part of the university's Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development program, the lec- ture scries has attracted world figures in previous years as well, including Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter and EzcrWeizman, The event is free but a ticket is required for admission. Some final tickets may be available at the reception desk in the Main Administration Building until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. live video streaming of the event will be available at www. imid.edu (under "Hot Topks"). For more information about tickets, call Sapienza Barone at (301) 405-5790. For more information about the program, contact the Sadat Chair at (301) 405-6734. Chancalior to Address Chancellor William Kirwan will address the University Senate on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 3:1 5 p.m., in 0200 Skinner. The meet- ing, as usual, is open to the entire campus community. Kir- ^ran will hold a question and answer period after his speech. For more information, contact Mary Giles, executive secretary and director, at (301) 405-5804. Upcoming Personn^ Sonrfces Seminars The Personnel Services Depart- ment is offering the seminars Team Building for Managers" and "Relationship Awareness Theory: The Key to Better Communication and More Pro- ductive Conflia." On Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1 lOIU Chesa- peake Building, the "Team Building for Managers" seminar will discuss when to use a team and when not to, as well as team building issues managers arc confronted with and how to build the team they desire. The cost is $120. OnlTiursday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1 lOlU Chesa- peake Building, "Relationship Awareness Theory ..." will give particpants an understanding of their personal strengths in relating to others under two conditions: when things are going well, and when they face dls^reement or conflict. The cost is $125. For more information, con- Play P^tanquel French Week Offers Fun, Culture fHOTO B¥ CYNTHIA MITCHEL AS part of the celebration of National French Week (Nov. 7-13), Sophie Dalis French 311 class got a lesson in French ctilture last week as they learned the tra- ditional game oipetanque, a kind of lawn bowling. "The hardest thing about la petanque is its simplicity," quipped Dali, a doctoral candidate and T.A. Students learned the terms and rules of the game as they braved the chiUy afternoon on McKeldin Mall. Above, Dali (right), fellow doctoral candidate Viviane Bekrou and Pierre Verdaguer.pro- feffior and chair of the Department of French and Italian, observe student Irina Kats' tossing technique. Other French Week activities sponsored by die department included a French language version of the game Jeopardy, film screenir^, musical performances and poetry readings. See Dateline Maryland (page 2), Nov. 12 and 13, for remaining events. tact Natalie Torres at (301) 405- 5651 or traindev@accmail. umd.edu, or visit http:// personnel, umd, edu. ^labrafion of ttie George Leiritine Colle<:tion The University Libraries is sponsoring "A Celebration of the Geotge Levitine Collec- tion," housed in Hombake Library, on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 14, featuring a lecture by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr of the Art History Department, who is also curator of northern baroque painting at the Nadon- ai Gallery of Art. An expert on seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art.Wheelock has received numerous grants and distinctions throughout his career. His topic will be "Writ- ten Words and Their Painted Images in EJutch Art." The program will begin with Wheelock's lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Maryland Room of Hom- bake Library, followed by a reccpdon at 6:30 p.m. in the Hombake Library Lobby, The public is invited to attend both events. 'Celebration of the Geot^ Levitine Collecdon" is the fifth activity in the Libraries' on- going Hombake Showcase cete- btating the special collections located there. For more infor- madon, contact Douglas Mc- Elrath at (301) 405-9210 or visit www.Iib.umd.edu/HBK/ showcase. Professional Update Feminist Art History Profe^ional Update Seminars will be sponsored by the Col- lege of Education Alumni Chap- ter as part of the University of Maryland College of Education Celebration of American Educa- tion Week, Nov. 18-22. On Mon- day, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in 3315 Benjamin Building, four presentations will be given: • "The Challenges of Leader- ship in a Changing Environ- ment: Tips for Leading in Diffi- cult Times." Presenter: Carol Parham, Department of Educa- tion Policy and Leadership • "Empowering African-Ameri- can Young Men." Presenter: Courtland Lee, Department of Counseling and Personnel Ser- vices. • "Making Writing Work for Struggling Student Writers." Pre- senter: Steve Graham, Depart- ment of Special Education. • "Challenge and Means of Rais- ing Minority Math Achieve- ment." Presenter: Doimette Dais, Department of Curricu- lum and Instruction. No RSVP is necessary and the seminars are free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. For more informa- tion, contact Judy Deshotcls at (301) 405-0904 or visit www. education . umd .edu/alumni. This free symposium will be presented on Friday, Nov. 1 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Judy Chicago exhibi- tion at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Oct. 1 1-Jan. 5). It will be moderated by Josephine Withers of the Department of Art History & Archaeology and is sponsored in part by the National Museum of Women in The Arts. The pre- sentations are as follows: • "FromWomanhouse Into the World." Presented by Paula Harper, Professor of Art History, University of Miami • "Make-Up is a Veil and so is Nudity: Today's Woman in Amerika and In Art." Presented by Laura Cottingham, feminist art critic and visiting professor. Cooper Union for the Advance- ment of Science and Art • "Feminist Art and 'Other' Women." Presented by Lorraine O'Grady, performance and visit al artist, professor of AMcan- American studies & studio art, University of Califomia, Irvine • "The Personal Can Be Histori- cal." Presented by Ann Reynolds, professor of art history, Univer- sity of Texas For more information, call (202) 783-7370 or e-mail Josephine Withers at jw72@ umaii.umd.edu.